A Far Northern Life

1. Sugar Town Life in Edmonton

2. Life on Main Street Edmonton

3. Finding Employment and Love

4. Spinal Cord Injury

5. Princess Alexandra Hospital

6. Bentley Park

7. James Cook University

8.  Mount Sheridan

9. Cairns Regional Council

10. Queensland Politics

11. Corruption

12.  Political Bullying 

13. Survivors of Childhood Abuse

14. Coal and Climate Change

15. North Stadbroke Island

16. A Woman’s Right to Choose

17. Stalker in Parliament

18. Allies in Brisbane

19. North Queensland State

20.  Rejection, Recovery and Vindication

21. Building Personal Resilience

Rob Pyne: A Far Northern Life 


Buy a drone this year.

Buy a drone this year.

The SHRC SH4 Wifi FPV Drone With HD Camera 1080P 1600MAH Battery is one of your best buys for a drone. Newfrog.com

SHRC SH4 WiFi FPV Drone with HD Camera 1600mAh Battery Altitude Hold Headless Mode RC Quadcopter Helicopter
1. Headless mode, high low speed mode switching.
2. Left and right fine tune and front and back fine tune.
3. One key clears the fine tune, WIFI filming video.
4. One key takeoff / landing and pressure altitude hold.

Brand: SHRC
Model: SH4
Color: Black, White
Resolution: 1080P, 720P
Battery: 3.7V 1600mAh
Remote control battery: 1.5V-AA*3 battery(NOT Included)
Charging time: 200~240min
Flight time: 20~21min
Drone size: 33*33*12cm/12.99*12.99*4.72”
Packing size: 38*28*8cm/14.96*14.96*3.14”
Net weight: 15kg
Gross weight: 17kg
Frequency: 2.4Ghz
Flight control distance: 100m
WIFI transmission distance: 50m

Please allow slight size differs due to manual measurement.
Due to the different display and different light, the picture may not show the actual color of the item. Thanks for your understand.

Package Content:
1 x RC Quadcopter
4 x Spare Propellers
1 x Screwdriver
1 x USB Cable
4 x Protective Guards
6 x Protective Guard Screws
2 x Landing Gears
6 x Landing Gears
1 x Phone Holder

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Wheelchair Access to Cities

As a person with a disability who has travelled widely, there is no greater frustration then when I find a lack of wheelchair access to cities I visit. For example, you can’t get from the airport to the train terminal or you find that there is no elevator from an overpass to street level.

This is not a detailed ‘access guide’ but more of a wheelchair access introduction to a few cities:


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Solar Battery Charger for iPhone

Solar Battery Charger for iPhone

You will never be caught out with a dead battery when you have a  solar battery charger for iphone.

Start charging your iPhone 8 with green energy now.

Portable Charger 24000mAh Power Bank High Capacity Solar charger with Dual Input Port ( Double-Speed Recharging ) & 3 USB Ports External Batteries for Smartphones,Android Phones and other Smart Devices – Green


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Cairns Wheelchair Access for Disabled Travel

Cairns Wheelchair Access for Disabled Travel

Cairns Wheelchair Access is fairly good for the disabled tourist. It does not have the cobblestone and heritage buildings that are the hallmark of so many European destinations. as a result the vast majority of the built environment in this pacific rim city has been constructed over the last one hundred years.

Cairns is a tropical city. People who have disabilities that affect their capacity to control their temperature would be best advised not to visit during the November to March period. Rising temperatures during this period combined with increases due to climate change make it hard to leave an air conditioned hotel.

These links will help you in planning your trip to Cairns.


Book a flight on Jetradar

Find a Hotel

Cairns Bus Service

Cairns Taxis


Cairns Aquarium

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Cairns Esplanade

Cairns Regional Gallery

Cairns Regional Council’s Access for All Directory has a comprehensive list of Cairns wheelchair access to accommodation, services and facilities. They hope it will make planning your trip to our region less stressful and more enjoyable.

For more information on Cairns Wheelchair Access and to plan your holiday to Tropical North Queensland, visit the official tourism website for Cairns and Great Barrier Reef. You can email the Cairns

Cairns Wheelchair Access
Cairns Wheelchair Access

and Tropical North Visitor Information Centre at info@ttnq.org.au or telephone them on (07) 4051 3588.

There are a great range of restaurants, shopping and level walkways to explore. Tours to the Great Barrier Reef and islands also depart from Cairns.

Cairns is level but if you are using a wheelchair as your main mode of transport I would suggest trying to book accommodation no further than 3 blocks back from the Esplanade. This will mean you are within a comfortable walk/wheel to some of the local attractions.

Wheelchair Access to Cities

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Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon seemed the logical place to search for an Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation), Black and I found one without delay.

One of my friends has described me as an ‘early adopter’ but I am only just discovering Amazon and the world of online shopping now.

Amazon is  is the fourth most valuable publicly traded company in the world behind Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.

Amazon Echo Dot

      • Alexa can be used to play music, control compatible smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audio-books from Audible and much more.
      • Amazon Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device.
      • Echo connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices and speakers connected via cable with multi-room music. Services may require subscriptions or other fees; Bluetooth not supported for multi-room music.
      • The Amazon Echo Dot will call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
      • It controls lights, switches and smartplugs with compatible connected devices from Philips Hue, LIFX, TP-Link, D-Link, Logitech Harmony and others.
      • Amazon Echo Dot hears you from across the room with seven microphones for far-field hands-free voice control, even in noisy environments or while playing music.
      • Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled device.
      • Amazon Echo Dot is always getting smarter – Alexa updates through the cloud automatically. Just ask Alexa to control compatible smart devices, request an Uber, book a restaurant with Dimmi, find a recipe with Taste and more.

Amazon Echo Dot

Online shopping is sure to be the future with all the problems and advantages that brings.

Hopefully my Amazon Echo Dot will make it before Christmas and we will see how it goes.

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Where can I buy furniture online?

Castlery Furniture

Where can I buy furniture online? Castlery that’s where!

Castlery Furniture was founded with one ambition – to reinvent how furniture retail works. We design and produce furniture with great aesthetics at a competitive price point, without compromising on quality. By cutting out the middleman and keeping our inventory lean we can keep our costs down and extend the savings to you.

Castlery Furniture cuts out the middlemen, retail markups, warehouses and shopfronts.

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Where can I buy furniture online?

We work with the best to get the best. By working directly with some of the best-in-class suppliers in the region, we are able to ensure quality at each and every step of the supply chain.

Castlery Furniture take pride in designing, developing and manufacturing high quality products, at their most transparent value.

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Smart Home – Smarthome.com

Smart home website smarthome.com is really cool. I have been looking through it for hours checking out the smart things such as wireless controls, modern lighting surveillance devices and access features.

Access features are so great for people with disabilities. I would kill (well not really) for a few hundred $$$ to spend here!

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Smart home is one of the world’s largest home automation retailers. As a result it has become an easy-to-use source for thousands of affordable lighting, security, and home entertainment products that the average do-it-yourselfer can safely install. The smart home team of product specialists strive to deliver the newest cutting-edge products at the best possible prices.

Smart Home

Smart home Labs,. which is owned by Smarthome, distributes products with award-winning Insteon® technology. Insteon is the gold standard networking technology for the connected home. It is a powerful, wireless home-control networking technology. Lighting control, scene lighting, timers, control & status on smartphones and tablets, leak, door & motion sensing and garage door control are some popular applications. Insteon-compatible products are affordable, easy-to-program devices that communicate over your home’s existing wiring and over radio-frequency signals. It is a dual-mesh system that significantly increases signal reliability.

Smart Home ‘Home Control Hub’

If you use a smartphone, you already know how to use Insteon. With the Insteon Hub, controlling and configuring Insteon home automation devices is quick, easy and fun. Hub setup takes a couple of minutes and a few moments per light switch, sensor, etc. – all you need to do is connect it to power and your home’s internet router. Then your smartphone communicates to your Hub from anywhere, and your Hub communicates with Insteon devices throughout your smart home.

If you are just getting started, consider using an Insteon Starter Kit. It includes a Hub and some of the Insteon most popular product combinations to get you up and running with Insteon home control in no time at all.

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Peace message spreads wings from Cairns to Hiroshima!

Messages of peace and 1000 origami paper cranes have taken flight from Cairns to Japan as part of an installation at the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima.

The paper cranes were folded by visitors to Cairns Regional Council’s War in Profile series of exhibitions and events held at Tanks Arts Centre in November last year.

Mayor Val Schier said more than 5000 visitors attended the workshops, exhibition and associated events as part of War in Profile.

 “War In Profile explored the experience of war and our search for peace, the focal point of the exhibition was the A-Bomb: Hiroshima – Nagasaki exhibition, which made its Australian debut at Tanks, in Cairns.” Cr Schier said.

“This event provided a thought-provoking exploration of the concepts of war and peace, which clearly moved many of the people who visited and participated in the public forum hosted at Tanks by George Negus.

“The making of the paper cranes was a symbolic gesture of goodwill and our wish for peace. It was lovely to see the people of Cairns participate in this and it is fitting that these cranes are now being offered at the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima.”

Director of the A-Bomb Experience Communication Division of the City of Hiroshima, Yoshifumi Ishida, thanked Cairns Regional Council and the people of the region for their support, in a letter of appreciation.

“The City of Hiroshima strives for a genuinely peaceful world without nuclear weapons. Of course, we are not able to achieve this goal on our own; we need everyone’s support … we are extremely grateful for the efforts of Cairns Regional Council and its citizens who folded the paper cranes,” wrote Mr Yoshifumi Ishida. 

“Each paper crane offered at the Children’s Peace Monument from Japan and abroad carries its folder’s dream, hope and prayer for peace. … Through the process, we believe that the wish will be etched in the hearts of many people and that the quest for a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons will spread far and wide throughout the globe.”

War in Profile was a part of the international Mayors for Peace initiative, which Cairns Regional Council joined in 2010. 



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